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Alfie Wants To Know

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson wants to reach out to Dany Heatley and find out why the disgrunteled winger wants to be traded.

“I want to, because I want to know — it’s all speculation from you guys (media), from myself and from everybody. Dany hasn’t spoken publicly about it. Nobody really knows how everything came to be.

“Was it a process throughout the end of the season that he thought, ‘I would like to do something else,’ or one day I woke up and needed a change. I’m not sure. So, I would definitely like to talk to him. I’ll keep trying to reach him, no question.”

Alfredsson spoke to Ottawa reporters Tuesday on a conference call from Paris, where he is attending NHL Players Association meetings.


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Window Closing On Heatley Trade

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources indicated yesterday that while Heatley refused to waive his no-movement clause on June 30 and agree to a deal that would have sent him to the Oilers, he has not “officially” rejected Edmonton as a destination.

But an NHL source indicated yesterday the Oilers’ patience is wearing thin to have Heatley agree to a deal and they could give up and move on perhaps as early as today.

At this point, the Oilers appear to be the only viable trade option. With Edmonton out of the picture, returning to Ottawa and an ugly reception from fans could be the Heatley camp’s only option.

read on

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Edmonton Still In The Mix For Heatley

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Heatley has not changed his mind about the issues that provoked the trade demand, which was sent to Murray in the guise of a formal request. He isn’t going to tuck his tail between his legs and slink back into Ottawa, where he tops even the Bloc Quebecois, Canada Revenue Agency and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s myopic PR man on a list of pariahs.

The only resolution is an acceptable trade proposal and the waiving of Heatley’s no-movement clause, in that order. That sequence of events won’t occur unless and until Murray presents the Heatley camp with at least two more potential destinations in addition to Edmonton.

As luck would have it, a source close to the situation said Friday that Murray is in fact dealing with two other teams who have a genuine interest in acquiring Heatley, but neither team had formalized an offer.


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Stars Trade For Auld

FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Alex Auld from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for San Jose’s sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired).

“Alex is a proven NHL veteran with a track record of success in this league,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has size and ability, and we expect him to be an excellent goaltender for us.”

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Could Kovalev Convince Heatley To Stay In Ottawa?

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

A Senators team with both Alex Kovalev and Dany Heatley in the lineup could be a reality.

Kovalev said he would be willing to talk to Heatley about his request to be traded and try and get the two-time 50-goal scorer to change his mind.

“He’s a hell of a player. It would definitely be nice for him to stay on the team,” said Kovalev, whose two-year, $10 million contract (all terms US) signed Monday pushed the Senators over the salary cap by about $1.5 million. Keeping both Kovalev and Heatley would necessitate Senators GM Bryan Murray moving some contracts.


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Kovalev Has High Hopes For Senators

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Say what you want about Alexei Kovalev’s roller-coaster history, Ottawa Senators fans, but you have to admire his optimism.

“Ottawa is a pretty good team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup,” the flashy Russian star said in a conference call from Russia Tuesday, when asked about why he chose to sign a two-year, $10 million U.S. deal here on Monday.

“I think I can bring something that was missing to help the team be competitive for the Stanley Cup. They have always had one really good line, year after year, but I think, maybe, I can be part of creating two or three good lines (so the team can be more) successful in the playoffs. I’m not a big believer that one line can do all the damage.”

It’s a rather grand dream to think the Senators can go from missing the playoffs altogether last season to winning it all next season, but at the not-so-tender age of 36, Kovalev realizes the clock is ticking on his career and he doesn’t have many more chances to add a second Cup to the one he won with the New York Rangers in 1994.


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Report- Kovalev Signs With Senators

via Fan590 Twitter,

The FAN has learned that the Ottawa Senators have signed Alexei Kovalev. Stay tuned to The FAN for more details on this story.

added 4:01pm, TSN says 2yr deal and the Sens have a presser at 4:40pm today.

added 4:16pm, TSN says $10M for 2 years.

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Finding The Leak

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Before the deal was completed, before Heatley had officially waived his No Movement Clause, somebody or somebodies leaked to various reporters that Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid and Dustin Penner were headed to Otttawa.

Both Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk have already complained about this leak.

Said Tambellini: “It’s extremely disappointing that someone in the business, whatever part of the business, would feel it’s right to name players in a potential trade, whether it’s accurate or not. So it’s not fair to them. And I wasn’t happy about that.”

And Melynk’s reaction, according to the Ottawa Citizen: Melnyk is particularly angry at whoever leaked Heatley’s trade request. He said he has a good idea who did it, but says all it did was make everyone’s life miserable, “including Dany’s.”...

So far as I can tell, TSN’s Bob McKenzie was the first to report that Penner was going from the Oilers to Ottawa. McKenzie also strongly hinted that Smid was involved in the deal. In a story that was posted some time on Friday afternoon, June 30th, McKenzie wrote: “Ottawa wants Dustin Penner as part of the package . . .Throw in a young roster defenceman - Ladislav Smid used to be in Anaheim, too - and a prospect or another young roster player and that’s a deal that could fly.”


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Wearing #15 In Ottawa

from Bruce Deachman of the Ottawa Citizen,

I decided to buy one of these semi-precious Heatley jerseys—now a mere $99.99 plus tax—and wear it on Ottawa’s streets and in its sports bars to see what hockey fans had to say.

No sooner had I taken one off the rack when a customer in his early 50s commented: “You might get beaten up wearing that.”

A young woman looking at non-Heatley sweaters for youngsters, meanwhile, added, “You’re gonna get pelted.”

And as I left the store in the jersey, I heard a third customer, a teenager, call out: “You’re a brave man.”

more plus a chance to win that Heatley sweater…

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Has Heatley’s Conduct Damaged The Senators?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Ottawa Senators have paid a $4 million (all figures U.S.) bonus to the disgruntled winger, as per the July 1 deadline, but find themselves flummoxed by Heatley’s request to be traded and his reluctance to waive his no-trade clause.

The possibility exists, however, that the Senators could file some kind of grievance against their star player.

“They believe that his conduct has damaged the club,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Star in an email last night. “What, if anything, they decide to do is ultimately up to the Senators.”

If the threat is a pressure tactic to get Heatley to waive his no-trade, it is a flawed one, said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “The league is grasping at straws and would be on shaky legal ground if it pursued a grievance against Dany,” Kelly said.

read on

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